June 10, 2012

"Let's start out with a really simple yes-or-no question..."

Obama's Senior Campaign Advisor David Axelrod goes to exasperating lengths to explain why there's no need to look under the hood:

Posted by EBD at June 10, 2012 12:29 PM

Coming from CNN this is quite unbelievable. CNN is usually among the head cheerleaders for Obama (Obama's my hero because he's so big and strong, pant, pant).

Posted by: noddyrules at June 10, 2012 12:43 PM

If CNN is (finally) asking for real answers to real questions, Obama's in trouble. Now if only CNBC would start asking real questions, there might be some hope.

Posted by: canuck66 at June 10, 2012 12:44 PM

Is Axelrod a Matador in the off hours?

Posted by: glacierman at June 10, 2012 12:54 PM

Europe! Outside Events!! Tsunami!!! Godzilla!!!!

Good lord are these people retarded. They can't even spin their message to a generally friendly media.

I also love how he mentions that 'small business tax cuts' (I think...I won't watch it again) will help spur the economy. 'More money in peoples' pockets'. Tax cuts good! Until they're bad! Who knows what next week's message will be.

Must be nice to rarely get called on one's bulls--t.

Posted by: Matt Hillier at June 10, 2012 12:59 PM

Yes we must stimulate the public sector. What nonsense, nothing but an argument for expansionary fiscal policy (ie much bigger government). Hiring more firefighters and teachers will not stimulate the private sector; quite the opposite.

No,higher taxes don't lead to more private sector jobs. The Democrats are showing zero leadership, hiding behind poor unionized (pampered) employees losing their jobs (more like retiring on fat pensions).

It's clear the Obama administration doesn't give a s**t about the private sector and is willing to milk them dry with, temporary or course, stimulus and trillion dollar tax increases.

Hint: you don't avoid "storm clouds" from Europe by europanizing your political culture and economy. The aging tsunami is just rolling up on us know, with the US and Cdn versions' leading edge of boomers turning 65 this year.

Inflation equals higher interest rates (eventually), so both are inevitable going forward as boomers withdraw productivity and demand health care and pensions from the economy.

Government debt service costs will accelerate (imagine borrowing at 8, 9 or 10%, is that really improbable?), real estate and investment values (especially bonds) will plummet. That will happen anyway without stupid governments in the US and Europe making the problem much worse with constant bailouts.

While pain awaits here in Canada, as long as fiscal lunatics like Thomas Mulcair and Bob Rae are kept at bay, we can prevent the deep economic damage Obama and EU are consigned to with their present course. Harper's not perfect but his leadership is more in the mould of Thatcher and Reagan than the aforementioned statists and we are fortunate for that.

Posted by: Shamrock at June 10, 2012 1:05 PM

Two words: smarmy obfuscation

Posted by: Jeff Bauer at June 10, 2012 1:12 PM

Axelrod and his boss have a difficult time hiding their contempt for the private sector. They would rather talk about their beloved public sector where their base and moral compass reside.

Based on Axelrod's reaction of sticking to talking points, Obama must be very dangerous to contradict. Look how even Bubba, no slouch at deceit and corruption, has back-tracked this past week. My guess is that there is so much corruption running deep, that all those around Obama are ultimately controlled through blackmail.

The deceit and corruption surrounding Obama will make for lucrative book writing long after he's gone from office.

Posted by: John Chittick at June 10, 2012 1:14 PM

Canada's biggest problem is geography....having most of it's market tied to the US. Being so close and attached is like sitting in a lifeboat tied to the sinking Titanic.

This is why such initiatives as the Gate-way pipe are of signal importance.

Posted by: sasquatch at June 10, 2012 1:17 PM

Of course! To help the private sector,hire MORE in the public sector!

Axelrod is one of the sleaziest political operatives on the planet. Makes Kinsella look like Pollyanna.

Read Ann Coulter;s column on how this SOB uses alleged sex events as a weapon against his enemies.

Posted by: dmorris at June 10, 2012 1:27 PM

F'n weasel, yes or no?


Posted by: Al the fish at June 10, 2012 1:48 PM

Axelrod: old Indian word for 'man who ducks behind bushes'.

Posted by: Jamie MacMaster at June 10, 2012 1:53 PM

It's about union votes' it's about the public sector votes. It's not about the economy.

It's about Obama's re-election.

The unions lost, big, in the recent Scott Walker recall election. And, Obama didn't bother to even go to campaign there for the union side.

So, this press conference of Obama, and Axelrod's comment, were to bolster up the union concern that Obama is abandoning them. After all, the Stimulus was about one thing only: Paying Back the Public Sector Unions for their help in the 2008 election. The GM bailout was for the sake of the unions. The Keystone was for the sake of the leftist environmentalists - not the unions.

So, with Obama's sole fixation on: Himself - and never, ever, anyone or anything else - his focus is on His Power and the Re-Election.

The recent national security leaks have damaged American security; but their function was to portray Obama as the Greatest Cowboy Fighter on earth. For votes.

Obama has one interest: power. This is all about votes.

Posted by: ET at June 10, 2012 1:58 PM

Lost one in the filter. It's about votes. That's all. Union votes. Public sector votes.

Posted by: ET at June 10, 2012 2:06 PM

Axelrod has a long history of working with leaders who are beyond reproach.

In 1985, Axelrod formed a political consultancy company, Axelrod & Associates. In 1987 he worked on the successful reelection campaign of Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, while also helping to spearhead Simon's campaign for the 1988 Democratic Presidential nomination. This established his first experience in working with black politicians and he later became a key player in similar mayoral campaigns of blacks, including Dennis Archer in Detroit, Michael R. White in Cleveland, Anthony A. Williams in Washington, D.C., Lee P. Brown in Houston, and John F. Street in Philadelphia. Axelrod is a longtime strategist for the former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and styles himself a "specialist in urban politics." The Economist notes he also specializes in "packaging black candidates for white voters". He has also worked with notables such as John Edwards,Hillary Clinton, Eliot Spitzer and Dalton McGuinty (Yup...that Dalton). With credentials like that you can understand why the man is a expert at answering yes or no questions.

Posted by: peterj at June 10, 2012 2:20 PM

There are a ton of people on this planet in positions of power and authority who are fit only to shovel s*** and then be smacked in the face with the shovel afterward.

Posted by: Edward Teach at June 10, 2012 2:51 PM

Deer, meet headlights.

He was talking so much, he got thirsty about a minute in.

Posted by: Soccermom at June 10, 2012 3:14 PM

I don't think that we really understand the truth of the matter, according to Obama. The private sector is an embarrassment and should be done away with and the public sector should be massively rewarded and encouraged. There!! Got it?

Oh don't worry about money, we'll take it from the rich silly.

Posted by: Patsplace at June 10, 2012 3:51 PM

Karl Marx, Alinski, Soros, Axlerod.......

what demographic pray tell?????

Posted by: NME666 at June 10, 2012 4:20 PM

I laughed @1:19

Posted by: Black Mamba at June 10, 2012 4:26 PM

4.3 million jobs since early 2010. Wooooo Hooooo!

1.7 million graduate from college annually.
x 3 = 5.1 million.

Add to that:

Kick in 3 million jobs retained beyond retirement
growing at a current rate of 405,000 every year.
x 3 = 1.2 million

The private sector is behind by 2 million jobs a year since the beginning of 2010 to maintain the unemployment rate. The public sector has necessarily been shrinking. So how is it that the unemployment rate dropped when it mathematically has to be rising? Huh, that's a poser.

Posted by: ∞ ≠ ø at June 10, 2012 4:33 PM

Oh good grief, that was painful. I had to stop 2/3 of the way through. Even I, who delights in rhetoric, could not handle the total hogwash of it all.

Axelrod says, after the first repetition of the question, that Obama has created 4 million jobs in the private sector but must employ more public sector people to boost the private sector ... huh? And around the bush he goes.

Posted by: Robert of Ottawa at June 10, 2012 4:35 PM

Matt Hillier

Europe! Outside Events!! Tsunami!!! Godzilla!!!!


Posted by: Robert of Ottawa at June 10, 2012 4:37 PM

When you hear the EU or US current governments talk of "expansion:, they are refering to the expansion of government's percentage of the GDP it controls. For statists, the only problem is that they do not control the totality of the state, as they should od, in their minds.

Posted by: Robert of Ottawa at June 10, 2012 4:42 PM

She did it wrong. I know the use a delay just in case of swearing (or so they say). How about cutting him off until he gives an answer, and if he still doesn't give a real answer to the question, then tell the audience that he refused. In doing this the lies are not told and the scum do not get a soapbox to spread the BS.

Imagine a Media only willing to spread the truth! The MSM hasn't "told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" since it started so why change now?

Posted by: FREE at June 10, 2012 5:09 PM

He's for the 1/32 free market...

Posted by: Pongo at June 10, 2012 5:36 PM

Like noddyrules @ 12:43 pm , I was surprised that this came from CNN. Perhaps the love affair is over. For their own survival I hope it is.

Posted by: peterj at June 10, 2012 7:02 PM

It is one of the jobs of Axlerod to insure that Valerie Jarrett is properly serviced...If he fails it falls on Axlerod or Obama to perform....

Jarrett was happy with Van-Jones, but who knows?

Posted by: Slap Shot at June 10, 2012 7:15 PM

"We can accelerate hihering in the private sectory by hihering for fire fighters and teachers" and goes on to explain how the economic spin off of this will help the private sector hire more.

I hope they keep trotting out this idiot and the likes of Pelosi to carry Obamatard's message. Can't wait for Barry to be the "former" TOTUS.

Posted by: a different bob at June 10, 2012 7:20 PM

The private sector is behind by 2 million jobs since the beginning of 2010 to maintain the unemployment rate.

Posted by: ∞ ≠ ø at June 10, 2012 7:47 PM

Peterj (7:02), I think the Axelrod interview is an outlier. Yesterday Candy Crowley (the woman interviewing Axelrod in the posted clip) said, referring to Obama's serious national security leaks (to the press, to Hollywood),

"Usually you kind of give the President a pass on leaking confidential stuff."
Posted by: EBD at June 10, 2012 7:59 PM

The term "What a doofus" comes to mind.

Posted by: Brian M. at June 10, 2012 10:49 PM

I felt like I was watching one of the Liberal Party of Canada party hacks, during PM Chretien's time, bloviating to stretch out the time and prevent any more questions being asked which they could not answer. Cheers;

Posted by: MikeSr at June 11, 2012 12:20 AM